Andy Graham's school assemblies provide
a fun, dynamic and educational atmosphere for kids to learn about
the didgeridoo, it's history, many of it's sounds and rhythms, and
it's use in modern music.
Andy always crafts his presentations
to be the most appropriate to the age group he is performing for.
For younger groups he focuses on a brief history of the instrument,
how the sound is made, rhythmic playing, and imitates different
noises (always a huge hit!). Also, he dazzles the kids by playing
his "$1.00 didgeridoo" made from PVC tubing from the local
hardware store, which sounds just like it's expensive aboriginal
counterparts. This proves to be very inspiring to the kids as they
realize that they can afford their own didgeridoo regardless of
their economic situation.
For the older-aged groups, Andy usually
gets deeper into the history, the circular breathing technique,
and touches on other aspects of the didgeridoo, including aboriginal
All assemblies finish with Andy performing
his hallmark act: simultaneous rhythmic didgeridoo and drum playing.
Andy ends the show with a high-energy mix of rhythmic didgeridoo
and drum grooves that get the kids moving no matter what their musical
tastes are. His 'out of the box' approach to playing demonstrates
the universal appeal of rhythm.
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